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Bethesda Says It's Fixing Fallout 76's Subscription Problems

It's no secret that the internet didn't take kindly to this week's announcement of Fallout 1st, the paid subscription service that gives Fallout 76 players some perks that they've been asking for since the beginning. It turns out, to everyone's shock and awe, that many of these perks are broken, inaccessible, or glitching. We're paying $100 a year for a bugged out bonus? It appears so.

Now Bethesda is trying to mop up its mess, saying that updates are coming soon.

What went wrong with Fallout 1st

Much like the launch of Fallout 76, the implementation of Fallout 1st flopped spectacularly. It hurt to watch. For those players who dared to opt in and pay $12.99 a month, or a whooping $100 upfront for the year, they found that their purportedly private servers weren't all that private and that the Scrap Box offering unlimited storage ate all their items. Yikes. Players began reporting the issues they encountered on Reddit, and the list is long: pets are disappearing, Favorites Wheels are disappearing, and those new private servers seem like hand-me-downs with dead NPCs lying around, already looted. 

Bethesda denies the theory that "new" worlds are actually recycled instances, saying in a statement to Polygon, "Players who have seen looted containers upon login may be experiencing the expected behavior upon log out and log in. Loot is instanced for each player in containers. As Fallout 76 players know, if you loot a container on one server, and then log out and log back in to another server, the container remains in a 'looted' state for a period of time."

But what about the fact that anyone — yes, anyone — in your friends list can access your private server, even without an invite? That's Bethesda's bad. The company acknowledges that this is a real issue, saying, "we understand this is not what players expected for their Private Worlds." Bethesda is currently working on an update in the next patch that will, hopefully, remedy these not-so-private servers. The top priority, however, is fixing the hungry, hungry Scrap Boxes eating everyone's items.

We'll have more for you as this story develops.